If you’ve seen fashion photos of models, you’ve probably gotten the feeling that something is amiss.
Her skin is just too perfect. Her hair seems to defy gravity, and you wonder to yourself how anyone could have the body she does.
The truth is, this picture perfect woman doesn’t even come close to looking like this in real life.
The secret to eternal youth and a flawless body isn’t diet, exercise and vitamins… it’s Photoshop.
In a world where women struggle to have a positive body image, Photoshop has set an unnaturally high standard of beauty that’s impossible for even the Victoria’s Secret models to reach.
Not only have fashion moguls come under fire from the public for retouching photos to a ridiculous extent, but models and celebrities have also complained.
Not even the royals are immune to photo tampering, as evidenced by Photoshop fails where Duchess Kate was given a ludicrously tiny waist and Prince William sported an unusual hair color.
The ugly truth is that Photoshop is everywhere.
It affects anyone who has had the misfortune to be on the cover of a gossip rag, or even a high profile fashion magazine.
Celebrities of all sorts have fallen victim to waist adjustments, breast augmentation and elongated legs.
Rather than be happy that their image has been “perfected” and can now shine in all its pristine glory, most are upset that their real body isn’t good enough as is.
The image of being “perfect” is no longer as desirable as it once was. People want the real thing.
Actresses like Melissa McCarthy or singer Adele are proud of their larger figure, and they’ve been campaigning relentlessly to let the rest of the world, particularly young women in their teens, know that they look just fine the way they are, that they don’t need to be a lifesize Barbie with stick-thin limbs and perfect double-D breasts.
The term “body shaming” has emerged as an effort to combat the harsh words and images of those saying a woman must be thin to be beautiful.
Young women are indeed “ashamed” to have the slightest bit of body fat, and God forbid you have a muffin top.
The fact of the matter is you don’t have to give in to the lies.
None of the pictures you see of models, singers and actresses are the original photo.
Every one of them has been retouched, most of them quite extensively. The photos aren’t the real deal.
There’s nothing wrong with who you are and what you look like.
If we all looked like models in the photos, our world would be a terrifying real-life Stepford Wives community (sans the robot replacements).
The real you is the beautiful you, so don’t be afraid to flaunt it.
There’s nothing sexier than being comfortable in your own skin, that you need to take good care of with well suited skincare.
The next time you see a magazine ad with a picture perfect model, just remember that it’s just a facade, one that most models don’t appreciate.
They feel the same way you do when they see a fake image of themselves. Just be genuine. Be real. Be you.